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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Athletic Training

University Park, College of Health and Human Development (ATHTR)

Not all majors are available at every campus. The Athletic Training major will only be offered at University Park campus.

PROFESSOR NANCY I. WILLIAMS, Head, Department of Kinesiology

The Athletic Training major provides a concentrated program of courses designed to prepare students for a career in the profession of athletic training. This major has been designed to meet the standards for national certification by the Board of Certification (BOC) and legal certification by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Students are admitted into the program on a competitive basis following completion of prerequisite courses (see requirements for admission). Students must also meet the "Technical Standards for the Undergraduate Athletic Training Program at Penn State University" related to the physical and psycho-emotional demands placed upon students in the major. Upon admission, students complete a 5-semester sequence of coursework and supervised clinical rotations. Students typically commit 200 to 300 hours to clinical practical experiences in each of the last 4 semesters of the program. The Technical Standards course sequencing and prerequisite courses can be found at or obtained through the Department of Kinesiology. Full course descriptions are found in the University Bulletin.

Students seeking to transfer from other colleges or universities will have their transcripts evaluated after acceptance to Penn State to identify those courses and credits that will be applied to completion of degree requirements. Coursework specific to athletic training will not be considered for transfer unless completed in a Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) accredited athletic training education program.

The Athletic Training major requires a minimum of 120 credits for graduation. Upon graduation and successful completion of the national BOC examination, students may seek employment in various professional settings including: professional sports, colleges and universities, secondary schools, hospitals, sports medicine clinics, industrial settings plus many more.

Minimum Requirements for Admission to the Athletic Training major (admission is competitive--meeting minimum requirements does not assure admission into the major):

  1. Submission of printable online Athletic Training (AT) Program Application
  2. Cumulative grade-point average of 2.5.
  3. 3.0 grade-point average in KINES 135(3), KINES 202(4), KINES 231(3), KINES 233(3).
  4. Completion of entrance interview with Athletic Training Program Director or designee.
  5. Evidence of ability to meet the physical and psycho-emotional standards as outlined in the "Technical Standards for the Undergraduate Athletic Training Program at Penn State." 

Additional information about the major, including Technical Standards, the Athletic Training (AT) Program Application, course sequencing, and prerequisites can be found at: or obtained through the Department of Kinesiology. Full course descriptions are found in the University Bulletin.

Per Senate Policy 83.80.5, the college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. BB H requires students to complete 24 credits for the major through courses taken at University Park. Courses taken at other Penn State compuses may not be counted toward this 24 credit minimum. For more information, check the Recommended Academic Plan for this major.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

(21 of these credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)



(This includes 21 credits of General Education courses: 6 credits of GQ courses; 9 credits of GN courses; 3 credits of GS courses; 3 credits of GHA courses).

ELECTIVES: 0-1 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (81 credits) [1]
MATH 022 GQ(3), CHEM 111 GN(1), KINES 135(3), PSYCH 100 GS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
BIOL 141 GN(3), KINES 231(3), KINES 233(3) (Sem: 3)
KINES 202(4), NUTR 251 GHA(3), KINES 321(3), KINES 341 IL(3), KINES 345(3), KINES 350(3), KINES 360(3), KINES 384(3)(Sem: 3-6)
KINES 232(3), KINES 334(3) (Sem: 4)
KINES 335(3), KINES 395F(3), KINES 434(3) (Sem: 5)
KINES 336(3), KINES 395G(3), KINES 435(3), KINES 436(4) (Sem: 6)
KINES 395I(3), KINES 438(3) (Sem: 7)
KINES 495F(3) (Sem: 8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (15-19 credits) [1]
Select 3-5 credits: CHEM 106 GN(5); CHEM 110 GN(3) (Sem: 1-2)
Select 3 credits: KINES 100(3); KINES 141 US;IL(3) (Sem: 1-4)
Select 3 credits: KINES 101(3); KINES 180(3) (Sem: 1-4)
Select 3-4 credits: PHYS 150 GN(3); PHYS 250 GN(4) )Sem: 3-4)
Select 3-4 credtits: STAT 200 GQ(4); STAT 250 GQ(3); SCM 200 GQ(4); (Sem: 3-4)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Lasted Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2015

Blue Sheet Item #: 44-03-042

Review Date: 11/17/2015


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